Google released its third developer preview of Android O Thursday and developers have been able to confirm the version number of the upcoming software is 8.0. The details can be found in the About Phone settings section of a device that is running the Android O developer preview 3.
Though the system’s version number has been confirmed, its nickname remains a secret. The most obvious tasty treat name for Android O would be Oreo; however, several pundits are skeptical, considering Google teased I/O attendees by offering Oreos as snacks during the technology festival in May.
Often Google making hints at an Android system name rules said the name out as an option. But there are few alternative names for this software version unless Google is okay calling Android 8.0 Orange (we suppose tasty treats can be healthy) or Oatmeal Cookie (which sounds a lot more like an internal codename used strictly by Google developers).
If Android 8.0 is in fact Oreo, it could indicate a collaboration between Google and Nabisco, similar to how the tech giant struck a cross promotion deal with Nestle in 2013 to name Android 4.4 KitKat. But the public will have to wait at least until August to learn the official name of Android 8.0.
The software would be made available to Google devices Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones, the Pixel C notebook and the Nexus Player before coming to the rumored second generation Pixel smartphones, likely sometime in October.
Several OEM smartphones are already confirmed for Android 8.0 updates, including OnePlus 3 and 3T and the Nokia 6.
Currently, users will be able to install the OTA (over the air) images of Android O to their devices. Several new system features include faster roll outs, battery improvements, faster boot times, updated emoji, smart text selection, picture-in-pictures, updates to the home screen and the night light feature, and a new initiative called Android Go, which brings features of the new system to low-end Android devices.
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